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Secret Santa Plush: Dragon of the Woods by Avanii Secret Santa Plush: Dragon of the Woods by Avanii
My part of the 2016 Secret Santa swap for doll artists, organised by :iconeviecats:. I was paired up with :iconfoamwoods: and one of the wishes was for a dragon! With earthy tones, so I based the design off of winter woods without snow, and made this gentle dragon out of faux fur and minky. He has green glass eyes, felt claws, wired and shaded wings and horns, and painted paw pads. I really like how he turned out, this pattern makes very gentle-looking dragons <3 The dragon is stuffed rather firmly, so he's not very cuddly (not like a floppy plush). I forgot to take exact measurements, but I do think he was something like 22 cm nose to bum, with a long tail added.

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:iconyatzugo:
Yatzugo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks so cute and adorable~
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017   General Artist
Thank you c:
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:iconyatzugo:
Yatzugo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome~ ^W^
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:iconplushqueendiy:
PlushQueenDIY Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Student General Artist
Wow he is so beautiful!
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017   General Artist
Thank you <3
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PlushQueenDIY Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Student General Artist
No problem mate! I really do love your work!
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:iconfoamwoods:
FoamWoods Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love this adorable little dragon so much! He is just perfect! So very soft and his wings are just so well done! I love all the little details all over him, sewn lines to make the horns more ramlike, subtle shading, and tiny little toesies!
Thank you for making me this lovely little companion he is on my shelf in a place of honor among all my other favorite creations.
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017   General Artist
Thank you, I'm so happy to read that <3
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:iconfoamwoods:
FoamWoods Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D
Working on your doll and receiving the dragon has made me want to go out and buy all the minky in the world and play with it. I have SO many projects on the go already however that I shall have to refrain...for now!
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017   General Artist
Haha yess minky is such a delightful and versatile fabric! I love it almost as much as high quality faux fur <3 But it makes a huge mess, so better not to work with it in a room with carpets xD (I wonder how many kilos of minky fluff I've inhaled already :giggle: )
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FoamWoods Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes! I thought working with foam was bad with all those tiny bits static sticking to everything (including my glasses) but working with fur for the first time showed me how much worse it can be. Its like it flies directly into your nose the second it escapes its fabricy bonds.
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017   General Artist
Haha, that sounds bad too D: The shorter the fur, the worse it is! With long fur you can avoid cutting most of it, but the short stuff... Just flies everywhere and has a will of its own.
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Dragontrap Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Professional General Artist
Oooo now that turned out adorable!
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017   General Artist
Thank you :D
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trapchick Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Student Digital Artist
how do you come up with the concept ideas? Is there a basic outline you have created, found something online, etc.? I have trouble creating original works and I am curious as to how you create them.
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Avanii Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017   General Artist
If you mean purely the concept (and not the more practical parts of creating a plush such as creating a pattern) that's... actually a good question. I don't have a single answer, but I do feel drawn to make things based on stuff that I like. Often I will start by going through photos and art that I've saved for inspiration, looking for colours, motives, shapes that I like. In the case of this dragon, I wanted to do something with the 'earthy colours' prompt and the fact that it is winter here now, so I looked at photos of landscapes in winter (with and without snow) to get a feeling for it. With plushies, I can also start by going through my stash and match fabrics based on how they look and feel together. For drawn art, anything can serve as inspiration if I put my mind to it (though for me it's usually special rocks and minerals, plants, existing and mythological animals). But I've been doing this for as long as I can remember, it's very intuitive for me. I hope this helps a bit c:
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kr1st1naa Featured By Owner Edited Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so cool and adorable :la: I'm jelly xD
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017   General Artist
Thank you <3 Your doll was very nice too!
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kr1st1naa Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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BUGHS-22 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww so cute :)
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017   General Artist
Thank you :D
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